Sydneysiders Who Visited the Crossroads Hotel Have Been Told to Self-Isolate for Two Weeks
Nine cases have been directly linked to the Casula pub so far.
The NSW Government is urging everyone who visited or worked at the Crossroads Hotel between Friday, July 3 and Friday, July 10, to immediately self-isolate for 14 days and get tested, even if they have no systems.
The public health alert comes as nine positive COVID-19 cases have been directly linked to the Casula pub in Sydney's southwest, but none of those are believed to be the source of infection. Those who have tested positive so far include an employee of the pub, a woman who dined at the pub on July 3 and a Blue Mountains man — who also dined at the pub on July 3 — whose three household contacts have also been confirmed COVID-19 positive.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said in a statement: "While investigations are continuing, it is vital people get tested so we can try and establish the source of infection at the hotel. I encourage people to access a number of clinics at local hospitals at Campbelltown, Fairfield and Liverpool so people are tested as quickly as possible."
A pop-up testing clinic has also been set up at the Crossroads Hotel.
Dr Chant said that those who visited the pub between July 3–10 must self-isolate for 14 days since they were last at the pub, get tested, get retested if any respiratory symptoms appear and stay in isolation for 14 days even if they receive a negative test. It can take up to 14 days from exposure to the virus for symptoms to first appear, which is why the 14 days of self-isolation are recommended.
NSW has also closed its border with Victoria — for the first time in 100 years — and discouraged Sydneysiders from visiting towns near the border as Victoria's positive cases numbers continue to spike.
In the 24 hours leading up to 8pm on Sunday, July 12, NSW recorded five new cases of COVID-19, with two of those returned travellers in hotel quarantine and three the aforementioned close contacts of the Blue Mountains man who visited the Crossroads Hotel.
For more information about the status of COVID–19 in NSW and to find your closest testing sites, head to the NSW Health website.
Published on July 13, 2020 by Samantha Teague